A team of WPS educators held a focused, productive K-8 Math Curriculum Summit in late July. I would like to thank this outstanding team of teachers:
Gr. 1 - Kim Morse, Amy Yessaian
Gr. 2 – Tammy McDonald, Stacy McGrath
Gr. 4 – Kristin Liberti, Kathy Uva
Gr. 5 – Jillian Balestrieri
Gr. 6 – Lisa Tibbetts
Gr. 7 – Mike Pappalardo
Gr. 8 – Erin Roy
K-4 Assistant Principal – Amanda Sullivan
5-8 Math Curriculum Coordinator – Wendy Phillips
The results of their hard work and effort include a clear plan for:
1) Curriculum pilot implementation 2014-15
In 2014-15 a team of teachers will pilot In Focus and EnVision/CMP3 Math curriculum at all grade levels (K-8) across the district. All other teachers will continue to implement the On Core and Engage NY curriculum they worked with last year. All Math programs are research-based, robust and effective programs aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
2) Curriculum evaluation and planning for 2015-16
A team of teachers and administrators will meet throughout the school year to evaluate the existing and pilot programs, using a curriculum evaluation rubric as a guide and feedback from all K-8 teachers. Gr. 9-12 representation will be essential for us to establish vertical alignment PreK-12.
With recommendations from this team, we will make a district decision in selecting one consistent curriculum program for implementation in 2015-16.
3) Common Interim Assessments
During a significant working session of the summit, the team revised our common interim assessments, focusing on "power" standards, to implement three times during the course of the school year. This plan allows for needed flexibility in the pacing of when instruction occurs and allows students the opportunity to master skills over time. Ultimately this standards-based tool can be utilized as an effective District-Determined Measures (DDM) to measure student learning and growth over time.
4) An Assessment Calendar
The team created a calendar, balancing the common interim assessment windows with Benchmark and PARCC assessments, accounting for report card timelines.
5) Common Data Protocols
In the coming year we will establish one or two common data protocols that grade-level teacher teams can use to analyze student learning outcomes and make strategic decisions for upcoming instruction.
Other exciting conversations during the Math Summit centered on establishing innovative collaboration opportunities for teachers using web-based tools and ongoing communication strategies with parents.
Establishing a rich, challenging Math curriculum in the WPS to prepare our students well for college and 21st century careers is an exciting process!